HEALTH CARE REFORM: YES WE CAN? Barack Obama took office with plenty of political capital and good will to achieve far-reaching health care reform. But he spent heavily on the financial bail-out and stimulus plan. Special interests, with the help of Republicans and grassroots right-wing activists, saw blood in the water. With Democrats split between House versus Senate, Progressives versus Blue Dogs, can health care reform be saved? And what would constitute victory? Merrill Goozner, author and... Topics: health care, utilities, film, labor, poetry, art, recesssion, rockabilly
Vincent Demarco discusses the Maryland Health Initiative, legislation to double the tax on a pack of cigarettes and devote the revenues to providing health insurance for low income residents and to anti-smoking education. Topics: tobacco, smoking, health care
This month on The Coffee House: A POWERFUL NEW FORCE FOR CHANGE IN CONGRESS Elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) has quickly emerged as a national voice for progressive health care reform and for a closer look at our goals and exit strategy in Afghanistan. A member of the Science and Technology Committee, Rep. Edwards discusses the efficacy of carbon sequestration as a solution for climate change. The conversation touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compensation for... Topics: legislation, health care, Afghanistan, gardening, nuclear power, climate change, poetr, music
Since the GOP in Washington won't do it, Maryland needs to lead the way, argues Progressive Maryland director Tom Hucker, in hiking the minimum wage, still stuck at $5.15 an hour, and otherwise make the state more friendly to working families. (Host: Fred Feinstein) Topics: minimum wage, WalMart, health care, working families
January 2007 in The Coffee House: BURNING TOBACCO IN THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY It's called the Maryland Health Initiative and it aims to increase the number of residents with health insurance and fund anti-smoking education by doubling the state tax on a pack of cigarettes. Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition director Vincent Demarco argues that the bill will save thousands of lives by deterring smoking among teens and low-income residents, and save the state and taxpayers big dollars... Topics: health care, tobacco, climate change, clean energy, worker health and safety, poetry, music
REP. DONNA EDWARDS ON CORPORATE FREE SPEECH, HEALTH CARE, WALL STREET, OIL SPILLS, IMMIGRATION, AFGHANISTAN AND OBAMA Completing her first full term in Congress, Maryland Democrat Donna Edwards has earned a national reputation and following as someone who does her homework and speaks her mind. She rejoins us to chat about, among other topics, her constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Courtâs recent ruling in Citizens United that corporations enjoy the First Amendment right to... Topics: politics, health care, oil spill, drilling, Afghanistan, immigration, juvenile justice, Vietnam,...